Kaiser gives $100K to Triunfo YMCA

BUILDING FUNDS—YMCA director Ronnie Stone, left, accepts the donation check from Ed Essa of Kaiser Permanente. Courtesy of YMCA

BUILDING FUNDS—YMCA director Ronnie Stone, left, accepts the donation check from Ed Essa of Kaiser Permanente. Courtesy of YMCA

Kaiser Permanente donated $100,000 to the Triunfo YMCA in a ceremony April 13 to support the building of the new Y on Thousand Oaks Boulevard just west of Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village.

The Triunfo Y is set to open in spring 2019. The project had stalled due to funding, but work will be able to resume next month with the Kaiser donation, the Y said.

“We’re so excited to have Kaiser Permanente contribute to the Triunfo YMCA building project,” said Ronnie Stone, CEO of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA, which includes the Triunfo branch.

“Kaiser Permanente’s long history of community involvement and commitment to improving the health of its members aligns perfectly with the YMCA’s own community and health-centered philosophy,” Stone said.

Two of the hallways in the new Y will be named after Kaiser Permanente.

“We view these hallways as ‘Hallways to Health’ that will foster an environment supporting the community’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing,” said Ed Essa, director of public affairs at Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills and Ventura. “We also look forward to sharing our knowledge and resources with the Y upon completion of the building.”

Kaiser Permanente was founded in 1945 and serves 12 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

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